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Our Lady of Guadalupe delivered meth

Paintings concealed drug deals at San Ysidro border crossing

Crystal meth
Crystal meth

Tijuana police say an anonymous tip led them to search merchandise at a roadside curio shop at the San Ysidro border crossing on August 26, where they discovered individual doses of heroin or methamphetamine hidden inside secret compartments in paintings being sold by a street vendor.

The Baja California daily El Mexicano reported that the paintings included images of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Last Supper, and Pink Floyd.

According to El Mexicano, the scheme worked like this: Travelers in motor vehicles would ask the vendor for their drug of choice, which would be brought to them in individual doses as they waited in traffic. Once they removed the drugs and consumed them, the same vendor would return and take back the painting on the pretext that the buyer had changed his mind.

"That's how they sobered up before crossing the border," one police officer told the newspaper on condition of anonymity.

El Mexicano’s account did not explain how the driver or passengers in a specific vehicle knew which of many vendors to ask for drugs, nor how the single vendor allegedly involved in the drug sales knew which travelers might be interested in the contraband.

Most of the alleged drug sales took place in the early morning hours of Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, police said.

Officers arrested David Durán Guzmán, 40, at his curio shop, El Mexicano reported. Police said they found 60 doses of heroin and meth at Durán's shop but did not specify the quantities of each drug.

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Tijuana police say an anonymous tip led them to search merchandise at a roadside curio shop at the San Ysidro border crossing on August 26, where they discovered individual doses of heroin or methamphetamine hidden inside secret compartments in paintings being sold by a street vendor.

The Baja California daily El Mexicano reported that the paintings included images of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Last Supper, and Pink Floyd.

According to El Mexicano, the scheme worked like this: Travelers in motor vehicles would ask the vendor for their drug of choice, which would be brought to them in individual doses as they waited in traffic. Once they removed the drugs and consumed them, the same vendor would return and take back the painting on the pretext that the buyer had changed his mind.

"That's how they sobered up before crossing the border," one police officer told the newspaper on condition of anonymity.

El Mexicano’s account did not explain how the driver or passengers in a specific vehicle knew which of many vendors to ask for drugs, nor how the single vendor allegedly involved in the drug sales knew which travelers might be interested in the contraband.

Most of the alleged drug sales took place in the early morning hours of Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, police said.

Officers arrested David Durán Guzmán, 40, at his curio shop, El Mexicano reported. Police said they found 60 doses of heroin and meth at Durán's shop but did not specify the quantities of each drug.

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Those questions you have are good ones. What was not good in this report was the reliance on stories the TJ cops and/or newspapers told you. For someone who reports on Baja, you should know better than to believe anything they say. That police department is a joke, the absolute opposite of what it should be.

Aug. 30, 2014

"That's how they sobered up before crossing the border," one police officer told the newspaper on condition of anonymity.

That statement follows the one that describes how the "dealers" took the paintings back, claiming the customer changed their mind. Makes no sense whatsoever. I think somebody here might have sampled the paintings.

Aug. 31, 2014

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